What can I say - this is scientific outreach at its best, in the best arena of science - physics.
Paul Halpern's book not only explores beyond the horizon of observation, but makes the subject of cosmology within everyone's reach. He does this in a fun, non-condescending way, which unlike many science writers makes the reader feel included in the journey the book takes.
On this Universal voyage, we encounter Dark matter and Dark energy; imagine what could be behind these significantly influential, yet largely unknown phenomena, before navigating our way through higher dimensions and across the Multiverse.
In addition to all the accurately, concise information, we find ourselves learning about the cosmos in a fun way, with everyday references and analogies. The book oozes the author's enthusiasm for the subject. I hope and expect this book will make a strong impact and whet the appetite for Cosmology to many more amateurs (like me) and pure novices alike, and judging from advance praise from the books previewers, Paul's professional peers also think the book is wonderful.
Paul Halpern has a real gift for explaining the complexities of science in such a way that even seemingly incomprehensible theories are made clear. In `Edge of the Universe' he takes us on a fast-paced, heady cosmic adventure, teeming with twists, turns, solved and as yet unsolved mysteries. This reads like an edge-of-your-seat detective story, where the adventure spans the birth of our universe (and other universes), through the intriguing descriptions of its inhabitants throughout its evolution, to the possibilities that loom with its eventual demise.
Sparkling flashes of wit, humour and very clever analogies add extra zing to this fascinating book. Halpern had me laughing out loud at times, even as my mind was boggling over the sheer scale of the subject matter. Whether your particular interest is inflation, string theory, dark matter, dark flow, multiverses, the primal quantum sea, branes or black holes (take your pick - there's far more to choose from!), this eloquently written `epic voyage to the cosmic horizon and beyond' is an utterly gripping must-read.
I have profound gratitude for scientists, such as Paul Halpern, who convey complex interactions, theories and discoveries in a comprehensible and entertaining manner, especially for a lay person. Although `Edge of the Universe' is rich writing, teeming with technical information and discussion, Paul also utilises humorous metaphor, clever analogy and modern examples to impart the history, mechanics and progress of the science of cosmology and its dynamic relationship with the various branches of quantum physics. I learned about the frontiers of cosmological theory, but also of theorists and the machines (telescopes, satellites, observatories, spectrometers, and colliders) engaged in exploring this largely mysterious, exciting realm. Paul's passion for the subject is contagious and I read the book quickly due to his excellent ability to engage the reader in scientific adventure and discovery. The book is full of insights into the foremost theories on the structure of the universe and helpful to anyone desiring a thorough synopsis of the science of cosmology.